A two-day training for Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) of Wokha district Nagaland on "active case detection and regular surveillance for Leprosy" was organized by National Leprosy Eradication Programme (NLEP) under the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoH&FW) at Likya Community Hall, Wokha. A press release by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Wokha Office stated that joint director (NLEP) DoH&FW, Dr Ahu Sekhose commented on the positive response of the ASHAs in conducting Leprosy activities across the districts.
During the training, and introduction to Leprosy disease, signs and symptoms were given by zonal Leprosy officer Wokha, Dr. Monahan Kithan.Dr. Sekhose said, "We are concentrating on Wokha District due to its proximity with neighbouring state Assam where Leprosy cases are high and migratory cases among labourers have been detected in the District". During the training, introduction on Leprosy disease, signs and symptoms were given by zonal Leprosy officer Wokha, Dr. Monahan Kithan. Dr. Kithan advised the ASHAs to look out for some of the signs and symptoms of Leprosy such as skin lesions, skin patches, loss of sensation and numbness.
Sessions on guide for suspected Leprosy case and identification MDT treatment, deformity and physiotherapy was taken by NLEP staffs, Michael Murry and Nchemo while Bhandari ASHA coordinator, Supenro Ngullie and NLEP non-medical supervisor, Hoketo explained the steps of filling the format for regular household screening register to the ASHAs. The two-day training was attended by more than 130 ASHAs from all the five blocks of the district.